• Short Summary

    ITALY HAS BEEN MAKING STRIKING ECONOMIC PROGRESS IN THE LAST DECADE BUT THE AREA THAT HAS DEFIED THE ECONOMIC AND THE SOCIAL WORKERS IS SICILY.

  • Description

    ITALY HAS BEEN MAKING STRIKING ECONOMIC PROGRESS IN THE LAST DECADE BUT THE AREA THAT HAS DEFIED THE ECONOMIC AND THE SOCIAL WORKERS IS SICILY. THE BARREN, POOR LAND AT THE TOE OF ITALY IS NOW FACING ANOTHER PROBLEM -- WHAT TO DO WITH THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS BY JANUARY'S EARTHQUAKE.

    THE RIFT BETWEEN THE PROSPEROUS NORTH, WITH BOOM CITIES LIKE MILAN, TURIN AND GENOA, AND THE SOUTH IS WIDE. THERE HAS BEEN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS IN SICILY BUT IN THE NORTH IT HAS BEEN MUCH FASTER. REAL PROGRESS IS HARD TO ACHIEVE WITHOUT MANPOWER AND THE SOUTH IS BEING DRAINED OF ITS YOUTH. THEY HAVE FLOCKED TO THE NORTH TO WORK IN THE FACTORIES AND TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING. SOME HAVE GONE FURTHER NORTH TO SWITZERLAND TO FIND WORK.

    THE EXODUS INCREASED AFTER JANUARY'S EARTHQUAKE. REFUGEES, MADE HOMELESS BY THE 'QUAKE, HEADED NORTH. OTHERS EMIGRATES TO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AND AUSTRALIA. THERE ARE TENT CITIES IN SICILY'S CAPITAL, PALERMO, TO ACCOMMODATE THE HOMELESS.

    IT IS THE SAME IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. A TYPICAL TOWN IS THE FARMING HAMLET OF GIBELLINA. MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE DIED THERE IN THE EARTHQUAKE AND MANY OF THE HOMELESS SQUAT IN THE RUINS OF THEIR HOMES. THE GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN WELFARE ORGANISATIONS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO FEED AND CLOTHE THE REFUGEES BUT MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAY2YH3LGWLW2MOSH9WKCGVTIA
    Media URN:
    VLVAY2YH3LGWLW2MOSH9WKCGVTIA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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